Chang Wang, chief research and academic officer at Thomson Reuters, received the Asian Pacific Outstanding Contribution Award from the Minnesota State Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, for “his outstanding contributions to education, legal service, and diversity in business.” The award was presented to him on May 8, during the 2015 Asian Pacific American Leadership Awards Dinner. The gathering featured special guest General David D. Hamlar, assistant adjunct general – Air, Minnesota National Guard, as well as Southeast Asian Veterans, many elected public officials, leaders from Asian Pacific communities, and nearly 400 attendees.

The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) was created by the Minnesota State Legislature in 1985 pursuant to Minnesota Statute 3.9226, subdivision 1, to fulfill three primary objectives: to advise the governor and members of the legislature on issues pertaining to Asian Pacific Minnesotans; to advocate on behalf of those issues; and to serve as the bridge for and between Asian Pacific Minnesotans and non-Asian Pacific Minnesotans. In 1993, to honor the achievements and contributions of Asian/Pacific Americans, the US Congress, by Public Law 102-450, designated the month of May each year as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.”

Wang with Rick King, COO, Technology. Wang dedicates this award to King, “his teacher and mentor.”

Wang with Rick King, COO, Technology. Wang dedicates this award to King, “his teacher and mentor.”

The Asian Pacific Leadership Awards (Outstanding Contribution Award; Humanitarian Award; Lifetime Service Award) are given to honor, recognize, and celebrate the work of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated continuous commitment to and leadership in the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community.

Wang joined Thomson Reuters in 2006. He is a native of Beijing and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He also holds associate and adjunct professorships at seven top law schools in the US, China, and Europe. He has published four books on law and cultural studies, among them, New Tales of the Twin Cities: The History, Law, and Culture of Minnesota, the first Chinese language book about the State of Minnesota.

China Insight (PDF) and Minnesota Times (PDF) also published featured articles on the award.